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When Words Harm

  And Actions Matter  In my profession (writing and researching words, and thinking about their meanings) we argue: words mean. Exactly what they mean and how is worthy of conversation, especially because humans create the meanings we attach to words. … Continue reading

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Kondo as a Verb

(We discovered a spoon with the Rous insignia) No one enjoys moving, do they? I am in awe that my mother moved us—sometimes once a year—when my step-father worked overseas on construction projects with oil companies. We moved every year … Continue reading

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Threading the Needle

Closing the Osage-Buddhist Circle We spent the last weeks—months—on a sewing project, creating a Rakusu: a garment worn when you become a practicing Buddhist. The Rakusu has a rich tradition. The garment is a rectangular cloth with straps that you … Continue reading

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Dependence within Independence

I wonder about the meanings of dependence on the day that celebrates independence (and my birthday): July 4. Thoughts about independence are buried deep within our nation’s stories, including myths that our Indian ancestors roamed free and wild and independent, … Continue reading

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Broad of Beam

And Heavy Afore the Mast My father-in-law died at home over the weekend and it feels like the passing of a certain style of talking, thinking, behaving and being. Just shy of his 97th birthday when he breathed his last, … Continue reading

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Buckshot for Brains

To test for intelligence in the 1800s, scientists would scoop out the brains from a skull, and then fill the cavity with buckshot. The more the buckshot, the more the brains. Native Americans fared far worse than other racial types, … Continue reading

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The Case of the Fake Fruit

Does it worry you? I like to read the ingredients on food packets, and found an unexpected listing on a tub of Chobani blueberry yogurt. Here is the list from the tub: No fake fruit No artificial flavors No artificial … Continue reading

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